By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, February 18, 2015
University of Kansas head coach Bill Self has led his team to an unprecedented 10 straight Big 12 titles – and they’re still looking for more. Now, you can learn the bread and butter of KU’s offense, “Fist,” explained by the coach of the Jayhawks himself. The actions and concepts in “Fist” are simple, but have been extremely difficult for opposing teams to stop.
Drill Summary: If the ball is entered to the post in Fist Mode, no matter where players are on the floor, certain spots need to be filled. Those spots are weak side high, weak side low, strong side high and weak side block. The main rule in Fist Mode is that the post always follows their pass to set a ball screen on the perimeter. Another rule is if the ball ever crosses the lane line extended, the weak side post ducks in to try to get the ball in the paint. If the post doesn’t get the ball in the lane, they relocate to the weak side, filling one of the spots required in Fist Mode. If a guard or wing is in the corner on the side of a ball screen, the post down screens for that guard after setting the ball screen.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Learn a drill that Limestone College head coach J.B. Clarke uses nearly every day to enhance his players’ improvisation and communication. Clarke’s Saints lost only one game in the 2014 season en route to becoming the NCAA D-II National Champions.
3 on 2 Drill
Drill Summary: Offensive players form three lines: one about 10 yards in front of the goal and two about ten yards off of each pipe, even with the goal. Defensive players form a line next to one of the lines even with the goal, and a goalie is in the net. To start the drill, one offensive player steps in from each line and two defensive players race out in front of the goal. The coach rolls a ball to one of the offensive players, then it’s three on two with complete freedom.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Take chances on offense.
2) Goalie works on “pipe to pipe.”
4) Move to the ball.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Use this drill from Nancy Dorsey, the head coach of St. James Academy, to improve the all-around skills of your volleyball players. Athletes get a chance to use every skill in the game in this drill that requires teamwork in a wide variety of situations.
25 Contact Drill
Drill Summary: For this drill, both sides start with a player at middle back, left back, left front and right front. The coach starts off the drill by hitting a ball across the net into play. The goal of the drill is to reach 25 “contacts” so both teams can rotate. A contact can either be any hit that keeps the ball in the air, or any that the coach would deem a good hit. On the 25th contact, athletes rotate positions with one new player coming into the drill and one exiting. Continue playing with the same ball/volley past the 25th contact, but start over at 0.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Jump to the ball. (Don’t get caught standing)
2) Ball control.
3) Cross-court defense.
4) Team communication.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Thursday, January 1, 2015
Kamehameha Schools (HI) Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach, Bala Spencer, provides you with the “Back Row Attack Drill.” In this drill, after the player passes, she must attack from a different area of the court. This trains the player to remain active and become an aggressive hitter.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Wednesday, December 24, 2014
In this skill development drill, professional basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan has his players work on facing the basket. The post player will start from the baseline, flash outside the lane, turn to face, jab, and shoot. The whole purpose of the jab step is to create space between the offensive player and the defender. Coach McClanaghan emphasizes being able to jab with both feet so you can double your offensive moves.
Catch, Face, and Jab
Keys to the Drill:
1) Jab at a 45 degree angle.
2) Head up and hips down (low man wins).
3) Chest up.
4) Jab both ways.